Is Consuming Diatomaceous Earth Good for Your Health?
DE-mything Diatomaceous Earth Health Benefit Claims
Many blogs and articles across the internet claim the superior health benefits of diatomaceous earth. While perhaps not untrue, there are few studies showing the safe use of diatomaceous earth as a dietary supplement improves health. Often times, these observations of improved health are anecdotal.
Is diatomaceous earth safe for consumption?
There is food-grade diatomaceous earth, which meets the standards necessary for filtration of consumable products. There are many claims on the internet that consuming it raw—generally with a glass of water—is good for your health. Many of these “health benefits” claims have to do with the silica content of diatomaceous earth, which can be consumed in other, tested ways. These diatomaceous earth health claims include:
It detoxes your body.
Some people recommend diatomaceous earth as a detox mechanism. It is consumed daily for a period of time then decreased to a few times a week. Dr. Axe, a website that believes “food is medicine,” gives the explanation that “diatomaceous earth is used to kill parasites and viruses that can contribute to illnesses while also helping to clean the blood.”
The issue is that this claim suggests that consuming food-grade diatomaceous earth is a safe method for detoxing, and the silica content is important for the process.
It improves arthritis pain.
Once again, silica is referenced as a key addition to a diet to improve arthritis issues.
It strengthens nails and hair.
Along with gelatin and biotin, silica (like that in diatomaceous earth) is essential for building strong, healthy nails and hair. This claim involves the silica content, not the actual mineral.
Diatomaceous earth is a proven mineral.
There are hundreds of studies that explain the researched and tested uses of diatomaceous earth. To learn about the proven uses of diatomaceous earth, contact us today at 610-660-8820. Our sales and technical services teams are standing by to answer questions you have about this miraculous mineral and to provide information about the variety of uses that cover many industries and needs.
Like with any product, diet, or exercise, read the product label first and discuss the benefits and risks with a doctor or industry professional.